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There is still much to be learned about the COVID-19 associated coagulopathy. The first and ultimate reason for excellent documentation is improved patient care through clear communication between providers and an accurate picture of the patient's medical situation and treatment course. It is essential to capture all the comorbidities conditions…
IFHIMA makes the case for ICD-11 adoption with latest whitepaper. As healthcare transformation progresses due to the digitization of data and advancements in medical science and technology, it is increasingly important that nations around the world begin planning for adoption of ICD-11.  The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has a…
This is updates an ICD10monitor story posted in September 2020. The repayment began March 30, 2021. In March 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program (AAP) due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), in an effort to increase cash flow to…
March is National Nutrition Month. In honor of National Nutrition Month (March), here is a review of weight-related diagnoses. The Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines for ICD-10-CM state that other clinicians may document body mass index (BMI), but the provider must document the weight diagnosis. The BMI codes are found…
We often overlook the human component of metrics within our profession. I recently received some feedback on an article I wrote about the metrics used to measure clinical documentation improvement (CDI) performance. It reminded me that we often overlook the human component of metrics within our profession, especially when CDI…
Implementation of the Cures Act is April 5, 2021. The patient is at the center of the 21st Century Cures Act. Putting patients in charge of their health records is at the center of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS's) work toward a value-based healthcare system. It is also…
The issue is with the terminology and the coding implications. Medscape recently highlighted an article from Neurocritical Care, published March 16, by Frontera, Melmed, Fang, et al., titled Toxic-Metabolic Encephalopathy in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19. When I read the article, alarm bells started blaring in my brain. I am writing…
Dear Colleague: The World Health Organization (WHO) gave us the International Classification of Diseases version 10 (ICD-10) and up next: ICD-11. Every day, between small tasks and major initiatives, WHO healthcare professionals are providing a huge amount of work—especially now during the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus. Their work…